Sheriff’s Office Second Quarter Statistics on Illegal and Black-Market Marijuana Enforcement Efforts

July 6, 2018

On January 1, 2018, House Bill 17-1220 concerning measures to stop diversion of legal marijuana to the illegal market was enacted into law.  One of Sheriff Bill Elder’s top priorities is to eradicate black-market marijuana and the illegal marijuana grows in El Paso County.

The Sheriff’s Office Second Quarter enforcement efforts from April 1 – June 30, 2018 are:
• 31 Search Warrants
• 13 Knock and Talks
• 3029 plants seized (Street Value of $3,029,00 at $1,000 per plant)
• 981 pounds of processed marijuana seized (Street Value of $3,433,500 at $3500 per pound)
• $37,326 in cash seized
• 22 Arrests

The Sheriff’s Office will continue its efforts to aggressively go after those who are involved in the black-market marijuana and illegal marijuana grow business.

Attached is a visual map of the areas in El Paso County that were targeted in the second quarter statistics.

We would like to thank our partners with the Metro Vice Narcotics Intelligence Unit (VNI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration for all their support and collaboration.

MR 18-068